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An online newsletter highlighting services, resources, programs, and other information relevant to Pacific students

No. 4 Issue 13

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Spring into Spring We are mid-way through our spring 2013 semester. Among other Pacific time-honored calendar traditions, a new student government has been elected and will assume office on the Stockton campus. Among the many reasons that I am grateful for our wonderful Pacific students include our talented student leaders. In the words of T.S. Eliot: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.” We encourage all students to consider the many leadership opportunities here and in our community that will stretch and challenge you to add your unique voice and, through the collective good work of Pacificans, make our community and our world a better place.   The staff in the division of Student Life look forward to working with you even more closely in the remainder of the spring semester through our many programs and services, leadership and community involvement opportunities, recreation and fitness programs, and our new wellness initiative. Take advantage of all Pacific has to offer and, through your own engagement, contribute your voice and ideas and make your impact felt! We send you our very best wishes for a joyful and growthful spring semester.

- Elizabeth Griego

Vice President Griego and ASuop President Alán Hensley


In This Issue

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Pacific’s Emergency Preparedness System Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference (PURCC) NutriCat’s Corner Financial Wellness Pacific Recreation Housing Sign-ups March Madness at Pacific Responsible Alcohol Consumption New Staff Intros Welcome to the New Dean of COP Academic Dates

Pacific’s Emergency Preparedness System Efforts of the Pacific Alert Team and other campus groups continually work to prevent crises, as well as to develop protocols to quickly and effectively respond to potential emergencies on all three campuses In January, the Stockton campus was placed on lockdown after an armed suspect in a car crash near campus ran from the scene. Immediately after Stockton police notified Public Safety of the incident and their search, information and updates were shared to the community through a series of emails via the Pacific Connect system. The tragic Sandy Hook elementary school shooting left the community of Newtown, Connecticut, in shock and disbelief after 28 of its citizens (including 20 children) were killed by a lone gunman. Members of their community, as well as many K-12 schools and universities across the country, have also begun to look at what could be done to reduce the possibility of such incidents occurring and how to prepare and respond to emergencies that can and will occur in the future. The University of the Pacific has been working hard over the last 10 years to reduce potential threats and respond to emergencies that could face the University and its surrounding communities. In January, the actions by the Pacific Emergency personnel demonstrated the effectiveness and the need for all these notification systems. While it is impossible to predict events such as occurred, or to fully prevent incidents like what occurred at Sandy Hook, the Pacific Alert Team and Pacific's Behavioral Intervention Team have developed several protocols, policies and procedures to deal with a variety of student concerns and emergency situations. Policies and procedures are developed based on best practices and are designed to work in collaboration with the local police and fire departments near each of the University's three campuses as well as the county, state, and federal emergency management agencies.  The aim is to ensure that first responders are able to manage immediate emergency needs during a critical incident while also ensuring that the Pacific Alert Team is able to focus on coordinating resources to assist the campus community.  As part of its emergency response plan, the Pacific Alert Team annually conducts tabletop training exercises and campus emergency simulations to test and ensure that the University is ready to respond to a crisis.  Several scenarios have successfully been practiced over the years including incidents involving active shooters, fire, flood, and earthquakes.  Another key element of the University's response plan is to ensure that all members of the Pacific community are aware of what they should do in an emergency and how they should respond.  By working together, we can all strive to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and secure. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact either of the Co-Chairs of the Pacific Alert Team: Mike Belcher, Director of Public Safety Steve Jacobson, Associate Vice President for Student Life Members of the Pacific Alert Team participate in a campus safety drill in the DeRosa University Center.

Check out these additional resources online... On the Pacific Alert Team website, you will find links to University emergency management resources that are available to you, information on how you will be notified and receive updates during a crisis, and suggestions on what you can do to keep yourself safe during an emergency:

• About the Pacific Alert Team: Purpose, Guiding Principles, and Training • About the Behavioral Intervention Team • Employee Manual of Emergency Procedures and Policy Guidelines • Building Team Leaders • Counseling Services for Students • Employee Assistance Program • Morris Chapel • Pacific Connect and Cisco Phone Notifications • Pacific Emergency Website

Have you signed up for PacificCONNECT? To register your contact information on PacificCONNECT, you will need to complete the following: 1. Go online at 2. Log in with your PacificNet ID and Password 3. Select the Administrative Tab 4. Scroll down to the PacificCONNECT Box. It is often down towards the bottom left side of the screen. 5. Select "Update your profile for Emergency Notifications." 6. Enter in the contact information you prefer for notification. 7. Press "Save"

Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference (PURCC)

The 13th Annual Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference (PURCC-2013) will be held Saturday, April 20. PURCC was started in 2001 as a way to highlight and celebrate the outstanding research being done by undergraduates at Pacific.

Abstracts are due by April 1. All students who have been involved in research/original creative activity this year (Summer 2012-Spring 2013) are encouraged to submit an abstract. Â

Access the on-line submission form HERE Â For further information, contact Dr. Lydia Fox, Director of Undergraduate Research (, 946-2481)

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NutriCat’s Corner Along with adopting a healthier diet, more and more people are looking to reduce their sugar intake, both artificial and real. Aiming to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet is a great goal, as sugar contributes little, if any, nutrition to your diet and is high in calories. When you reduce your sugar intake, you may suffer from sugar withdrawal- also known as the Sweet Tooth Monster. To help deal with sugary cravings, here are 4 easy tips to help quiet the monster.


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Don’t skip meals: missing meals deprives your brain and body of fuel, making you crave sugary foods for quick energy. Instead, aim to eat before you run out of energy, every 4-5 hours for most people.


Eat balanced meals: Your brain prefers to run on glucose, aka sugar. When you don’t give your body enough fuel, you feel tired and can confuse that as a craving for sweets. On the other hand, if you consume too many carbohydrates, especially refined products, you may still crave sweets. The solution? Consume more balanced meals of complex carbohydrates, colorful vegetables, a dash of healthy fat, and a small portion of protein. Complex carbohydrates include vegetables, fruits, whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.

Watch your salt intake: Imagine your taste buds as a pendulum. If we swing too much towards the salty side, we want to compensate with sweet foods. Most of us consume way, way too much salt: processed foods, seasonings, chips, lunch meat, bread & more are daily parts of our diet that often contain a high amount of sodium. Try reducing the amount of processed foods and high salt foods. It’s a diet win-win; you will reduce sodium intake and increase your intake of whole, nutrient dense foods instead. Dessert won’t satisfy your needs: No amount of cookie or cake will satisfy your emotional needs. Most of us turn to sweets to deal with feelings: angry, lonely, sad, bored, and stressed. When you find yourself craving that cookie, ask instead if that cookie will satisfy what you need. Are you hungry, or are you searching for a release? Find a non-food way to deal with emotions instead.

If you want a more personalized strategy to meet your health goals, book an appointment with Alex Caspero, aka Nutricat, online via MyHealth@pacific ( or by calling Pacific Health Services at 209.946.2315 option 1.

Friend NutiCat on Facebook for daily nutrition tips!

Managing Your Money Responsibly You work hard for the money! Learn how to manage it better with tips on financial wellness. Does your New Year’s resolution have to do with money management, budget or making better financial decisions? One recent study revealed that more people put healthy finances over a healthy body on their resolution list. For most of us, financial wellness is crucial to our overall level of wellness and plays a huge part in our happiness and health. Below are practical ways to help you focus on healthy finances. •

Don’t buy stuff you can’t afford. Easier said than done, right? Some expenses are unavoidable: medical expenses, books, tuition, and others. However, most of the things that bring us into the red are items we don’t have to have. Ask before you buy: Can I afford this?

Save More, Spend Less. Add up all of your necessary expenses: bills, food, gas, etc. Give yourself a little bit of play money and then figure out a way to save the rest. Most banks allow you to do automatic transfers to your savings account every month so you can put it away without having to think about it! a free resource that allows you to track expenses and create spending limits.

Check out this SNL skit on not buying things you can’t afford

Find a money buddy. Research shows we perform better with a fitness buddy and the same goes for a pal who can help you stay on the right financial track. Whether it’s your partner, roommate, sibling, or friend, acknowledging your goal to someone else can help you honor your goals.

Seek out additional revenue. If your essential needs are greater than your income, think of ways to accrue additional funds. Is this the semester you get a job? Check out Tiger Jobs or the Career Resource Center for more information on how to get a job on campus. If you are already employed, talk to your employer about increasing hours or pay.

40 money tips every college student should know Want more financial wellness resources? Check out for a list of more on and off campus resources to put you on the track to financial wellness.

Be sure to check out The Ambush for up to date information on Tiger Escapes and other opportunities to Earn Your Stripes!

Don’t want to miss any of the action during March Madness? The Baun Fitness Center will have many of the games on the facility TVs so you can watch the games while you work out. Just check the postings under each TV to find the game you are looking for.

Online Housing Selection begins March 25. Housing Selection is once again here! In order to apply for on-campus Housing, you will need to go through the online selection process. There are three phases that students can go through: Same Space, Roommate Pull-In, and Open Space selection.

Same Space: March 25th and 26th Roommate Pull-In: March 28th and 29th Open Space: April 2nd to 4th For more information see the Housing Selection Bulletin or the Current Student Selection page.

New for 2013 - 2014: Free Laundry $50.00 Bookstore Credit* * Available for use Fall 2013

Information including priority date and time, will be emailed to your university email and placed in your student mailbox. If you are interested in applying for Housing, and currently don’t live on-campus, please contact the Housing & Greek Life Office at

Support Your Tigers! On Friday, March 22, men's basketball will face No. 2 seed Miami in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas. A viewing party is scheduled at game time, 11:10 a.m., at The Lair in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center. Food and beverage service will be available.

What Do You Know About Alcohol? Most students at Pacific know you must be 21 years-old to legally consume alcohol, but not all students wait until they are of age to consume their first drink. Regardless of your age, there are important things you should know about alcohol and how it can affect your academic success.

Things you might not know about alcohol…

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It makes you sick…sort of. Excessive drinking can suppress your immune system for up to 24 hours. Researchers found that binge drinking interferes with the work of virus- and bacteriafighting proteins called cytokines for up to a day. It makes you tired. Alcohol use can disrupt the body's natural clock and sleeping patterns for days after consumption ends. Drinking affects the "master clock" in the brain, hindering its ability to synchronize the body's schedule to daylight and darkness and affecting your body’s rhythm for days at a time. This disruption has wide-ranging effects on sleep, appetite, digestion, activity levels, and more. It also may raise the risk of cancer, heart disease, depression, and other illnesses. Sleep is essential to both learning and health. It messes with you mind…Alcohol impairs memories for emotional events, often negative, that are experienced after intoxication. Studies show that memory degrades significantly as alcohol builds up in the body.

Do you know what is in your cup? • A typical red cup holds 18 ounces of liquid, but a standard beer is only 12 ounces • A shot barely covers the bottom of the cup • A mixed drink at a college party is typically much more than one standard drink (often the equivalent of 3-4 standard drinks

What is binge drinking? Binge drinking is four or more drinks for a female and five or more for a male in about a two-hour period raising a person’s blood alcohol content to .08 or higher. It doesn’t take much alcohol to put you over the legal limit.

How can you reduce your risk of harm when it comes to alcohol? • Limit your alcohol consumption to no more than two standard drinks for women and three for men over a three-hour period. • Avoid the myth of work hard, play hard or you may have a hard time getting things like studying done the next day! • Know what is in your cup! Avoid punch bowls and mixed drinks-especially if you didn’t mix them! • Avoid drinking games and “pre-gaming”. Competitive drinking or drinking quickly to “catch-up” are recipes for disaster. Your body can only process about one drink an hour and every standard drink raises your BAC .02%.

References for all information available from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

When Should You Call For Help? Alcohol contributes to the death of more than 1800 college students every year. It is critical to know the signs of alcohol poisoning and when to call for help.

Critical Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning • • • • • •

Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused Vomiting Seizures Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute) Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths) Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness

What Should I Do If I Suspect Someone Has Alcohol Poisoning? • • • •

Know the danger signals Do not wait for all symptoms to be present Be aware that a person who has passed out may die If there is any suspicion of an alcohol overdose, call Public Safety for help. Don't try to guess the level of drunkenness

What Can Happen to Someone With Alcohol Poisoning That Goes Untreated? • • • • • •

Victim chokes on his or her own vomit Breathing slows, becomes irregular, or stops Heart beats irregularly or stops Hypothermia (low body temperature) Hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar) leads to seizures Untreated severe dehydration from vomiting can cause seizures, permanent brain damage, or death

Even if the victim lives, an alcohol overdose can lead to irreversible brain damage. Rapid binge drinking (which often happens on a bet or a dare) is especially dangerous because the victim can ingest a fatal dose before becoming unconscious. Don't be afraid to seek medical help for a friend who has had too much to drink. Don't worry that your friend may become angry or embarrassed—remember, you cared enough to help. The worst thing the University may do is make sure that the person gets educated about alcohol and how to reduce their risk of harm.

Meet Some of the New Staff Here to Support You There have been some new additions within the Division of Student Life who are here to help support your success. Help join us in welcoming them to their new roles here at Pacific! Dan Ocampo has joined Housing and Greek Life as the new Associate Director for Residential Life. Dan has spent the past few months in South Africa working with the Association of African College and University Student Communities as a Visiting Professional Advisor.  Most recently Dan served as the Director for Residential Living at University of California, Berkeley and currently serves as the national advisor for the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH, Inc.).  He has also served professionally at Cornell, SUNY-Brockport and Boston College.  Dan has his doctoral degree from University of San Francisco.  Dan brings to Pacific a passion for student learning and development. Bryan Lenz has been hired as Pacific’s new Director of Recreation. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and the University of the Pacific, Bryan came to Pacific in 2005 as a coordinator for Sports and Competition and advanced to the position of Association Director-Recreation. He has been instrumental in the success of our recreation and intramural programs since his arrival. Join us in congratulating Bryan on this well-deserved promotion as he begins his new professional challenge in this very important aspect in the lives of our Pacific community. Jennifer Low has also been hired as the Assistant Director for University Center & Student Activities Programming. Jennifer is a two-time graduate of University of the Pacific. She has been heavily involved in her time at Pacific with helping animate our campus and providing quality programming in the evenings. As she transitions into this new role, we are excited to see all the new ideas and energy that she will bring to continuing to energize our campus.

Save the Date!

College of the Pacific’s New Dean - Rena Fraden Rena Fraden was recently appointed dean of the College of the Pacific, Pacific's largest academic unit. Fraden wass the dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs and the G. Keith Funston Professor of English and American Studies at Trinity College, in Hartford, Conn. She joined Pacific on March 1. "Like the faculty and staff in the College of the Pacific, I have spent my career championing the liberal arts," Fraden said. "I look forward to continuing that work in the College and across Pacific's schools, ensuring that a Pacific education remains dynamic, utterly contemporary and worth the investment our students make." A literary historian whose work focuses on cultural institutions, Fraden's scholarly work ranges from the 1930s WPA arts projects to contemporary theater arts. Fraden holds a B.A., summa cum laude, and Ph.D. in English from Yale University. She was a faculty member in the Department of English at Pomona College for 23 years. Fraden joined Trinity College in 2006. Fraden studied in India in 1998 on a Fulbright Fellowship and was a Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University in 1990. She has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. The new dean will arrive at a critical time for both the College and the University, playing a prominent role in shaping Pacific's future. Fraden will work with the faculty and staff in the College to align with the Pacific 2020 strategic plan. She will lead long-range planning, innovate and strengthen the College as a liberal arts college of excellence and distinction, promote a rigorous culture of assessment, continue to develop effective fundraising, support technology-enabled learning, and create and support interdisciplinary programs both within the College and across the schools at Pacific to appeal to new student markets. For more information on Dr. Fraden and the College of the Pacific, please click HERE.

Academic Calendar Dates EARLY REGISTRATION BEGINS: March 25 FINAL EXAM PERIOD: April 26 - May 2 COMMENCEMENT: May 4 See the full term calendar HERE

Tiger Tales Issue 4  

Issue 4 for Spring 2013 of the Student Life Newsletter, Tiger Tales

Tiger Tales Issue 4  

Issue 4 for Spring 2013 of the Student Life Newsletter, Tiger Tales